In the video below, I explain how to work out if your garden studio windows are north facing. If they are north facing, you probably won't need the cooling aspect of an air conditioner in your garden office...(see my comments at the bottom of this page, about costs)
Hi There, Alex and I discuss the Air Conditioning Units in the videos below...
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STANDARD AC UNIT SPEC (installed in 95% of Garden Studios)...
LARGE AC UNIT SPEC (installed in very large Garden Studios)...
TIPS FOR GETTING THE BEST OUT OF YOUR AC...
As well as an annual service...
In the summer. once a month, run your AC in cooling mode (Snow flake on indoor unit display) for 30 mins on the lowest temperature setting (16 or 17 degrees.)
Then use your remote to turn it off for 3 minutes (This allows the refrigerant to settle.)
Then use your remote to switch back on in HEAT mode (SUN on indoor unit display.) and put it on it's highest temperature for 30 mins (32 degrees.)
In the winter, do it the other way round - run the heat mode first, switch off, then run the cold mode.
This keeps your system valves in good order.
You should also check the dust filters every 3 months and clean by hoovering with a brush or wash in warm water with a small amount of washing up liquid. Leave to dry naturally.
Turn off your AC power at the mains the check that your outdoor unit has no trees or twigs interfering with the blades. Wash the fins gently with a hosepipe to remove grit and dust. Allow to dry before turning mains back on.
ALSO NOTE - if the outside temperature is less than 8 degrees different
As a guide to AC costs...
A/C. 10 year cost including purchase at 14.1p per kWh £2,600
Conventional 3.2 kw electric radiator with built in thermostat control and hand held remote.
10 year cost including purchase at 14.1p per kWh £5,280 and no cooling facility.
This doesn't allow for the fact that the cooling mode still uses electric and so you would have
to allow for that.
I believe the AC purchase is more of a "comfort" decision as the room is generally more comfortable than having a conventional electric heater. In fact, as I write, it's 30 degrees outside - yes - the UK's hottest day so far this year but I'm very comfortable with my AC gently cooling me and making work a pleasure rather than a drain!
I do have a Which report summary if you decide to buy a normal heater. Let me know if you'd like to see that
and I can email it to you.
Also, bear in mind that an AC can be fitted retrospectively so you could try a summer and winter
without it and see how you go.
Hope this helps.
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Wendy very kindly handled a visit for a customer and her feedback was...On 29 May 2014 17:53, Wendy King wrote: Hi Iain Andy's visit was good , I was pleased to be of help. A number of things I mentioned had not occurred to me until I saw the studio being built! One of the advantages I hadn't realised was the insulation keeps the room very cool in hot weather. We were unable to sit in our old summer house in hot weather!!! To say I'm pleased with my studio is an understatement , definitely made the right choice in choosing your company, the team that built it were great, please pass on my thanks to them.
Looking forward to spending many hours in it.
Thanks once again.
Just a few words about the excellent studio I brought from you back in October 2011. At the time I thought it was quite a large investment for my business. As you know we are moving home soon, and the size of the office I have will not work well in our new garden.
So I made the reluctant decision to sell the studio. Fortunately after your email to your database of users, I had several interested and in fact had two people offering me the full asking price for the studio - one before he had even seen it. Sadly I had to decline one of the offers, but to me that speaks volumes of the re-sell value of a booths studio should your circumstances change, like mine have.
The studio has been home to me and my business for 7 years, and I would guess the rental on even a desk in a managed studio would be prohibitively expensive in comparison. And that money would be gone. I have retained an asset for my business that has a resale value and will help fund the purchase of a new studio.
I will be buying a new smaller studio in the coming months once I am in my new home, but my decision to buy a studio from booths was an excellent one. Thanks so much.